Tuesday, January 24, 2012

FW: Walking - Saves your mind, extend life expectancy?

Jogging, biking, weightlifting, zumba, Walking? Walking not only is not only a great addition to your fitness schedule, but is also proven to prolong your life. Have you heard the stories about old men / women outliving their family / friends because of their daily walking routine? I know i have. New research proves walking extends your life expectancy.

Something so simple can make me live longer?

The Journal of the American Medical Association recently (2011) revealed details of a study with nine cohorts that where older Americans. These nine where followed for 14 years by professionals. These Researchers found acurate perdictions for how long one would live based on their walking habits. Click the link above to view the study.

Eases your emotions, clears your mind, saves your memory

“We have always been in search of the drug or the magic pill to help treat brain disorders,” says the study's leader Kirk I. Erickson, who also happens to be the University of Pittsburgh assistant professor of psychology. “But really what we are after may be, at least partially, even simpler than that. Just by walking regularly, and so maintaining a little bit of moderate physical activity, you can reduce your likelihood of developing Alzheimer’s disease and [can] spare brain tissue.”

Italian researchers enlisted 749 people suffering from memory problems in a study and measured their walking and other moderate activities, such as yard work. At the four-year follow-up, they found that those who expended the most energy walking had a 27 percent lower risk of developing dementia than the people who expended the least. This could be the result of physical activity’s role in increasing blood flow to the brain.

Walking can be compared to yoga in that it gives you time unwind, reflect on your life, and give you peace. Typically ones supposed metabolism drops after big changes in their life, like after high school, college, or even a new child. Maybe a large factor of this could be stress (which leads to being lethargic and pessimistic). A good counter to this could be to take a daily walk. Here is a great blog entry i read from someone who had an experience related to this: http://foodfitnesslife.com/walking-to-improve-your-fitness/

Walking faster?

In an interview with Dr Stephanie Studenski Stated that with an increased walking speed, a human life prediction can be made. Further, The higher walking speed is directly proportional to increase in life span. Elderly persons must at least try to catch a speed of 2.6 feet per second. The researcher added that a speed of 3 feet per second was the best for elderly persons to increase their survival chances for long.

Pro Athletes walking

Many Professional athletes are actually regular walkers. They claim walking speeds up your metabolism and keeps muscles strong and limber. It keeps one in shape during the off-season.

Pro or not, Some thing as simple and ordinary as walking is proven to prolong your life.

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